Who we are

APComm Executive Committee is made up of a Chair, up to four Vice Chairs, a Secretary and a Membership/Treasurer role. Details of the current committee are:



Amanda Coleman (MCIPR), Head of Corporate Communications, Greater Manchester Police

AMANDA COLEMANAmanda has 20 years experience both as a journalist and in communication roles. She started working in police communication in 1999 and has led the communication team at Greater Manchester Police since 2008. She has dealt with many high profile issues, events and operations. Amanda was first elected as chair of APComm in January 2013.

Contact: amanda.coleman@gmp.police.uk


Vice Chairs

Nick Cloke, Head of Corporate Communications, Dorset Police

Nick ClokeIn 2014 Nick returned to Dorset, where he started his career in police communications over a decade ago. His experience spans all corporate communications disciplines across three forces; where he has worked on a number of high-profile investigations, delivered innovations online and overseen effective behavioural change campaigns. He contributes to both the National Police Communicators Course and the Strategic Media Handling Course, operated by Lincolnshire Police in association with APComm. 


Contact: nick.cloke@dorset.pnn.police.uk




 Rosie Gooch, Senior Corporate & Digital Communications Manager, Office of the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner


Rosie GoochRosie’s background is in public relations, which saw her represent a number of household brands, before moving into police communications in 2009 as a media relations officer. In 2012 Rosie joined Sussex Police Authority to help manage change communications around the transition to Police & Crime Commissioner. She now oversees campaigns, press office, and the digital marketing function for the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner.


 Contact: rosie.gooch@sussex-pcc.gov.uk


Ruth Shulver, Head of Corporate Communications, Surrey Police

Ruth ShulverInformation to follow.


Contact: Ruth.Shulver@surrey.pnn.police.uk






Ed Stearns (MCIPR), Head of Media, Metropolitan Police Service 

Ed Stearns 5Ed joined the Met in June 2008 and is responsible for the news branch and social media. This includes the 24 hour press bureau, specialist operations and territorial policing communications desks.He trained as a journalist with the Shropshire Star and Express and Star before moving to the Daily Mail newsdesk.He likes all sports, playing and watching.

Contact: ed.stearns@met.police.uk


Membership and Treasurer

Tony Diggins, Head of Corporate Communications, Lincolnshire Police

Tony DigginsTony has been involved with APComm and previously APPRO since it was formed at Scotland Yard in the late 1970s. He has extensive experience including serving as secretary, vice-chair and treasurer. Tony has hosted the annual conference in Lincolnshire on numerous occasions. In association with APComm, he also directs and operates the twice-yearly National Police Communicators and Strategic Media Handling courses in Lincolnshire.

 Contact: Tony.Diggins@lincs.pnn.police.uk




Jacqui Hanson, Media Services and Internal Communication Manager, Cheshire Constabulary

Jacqui Hanson

Jacqui has worked as a police communicator for 25 years, specialising in critical incident and reputation management, including the murder of Garry Newlove in Warrington, and the disappearance and death of 17 year old Shafilea Ahmed. Recently she has picked up internal communication and change work. Jacqui has been NW regional rep for APComm and ACPO Communications Advisory Group. In 2009, she was nominated as National Secretary for APComm, and has carried out this role ever since.  

Contact: jacqui.hanson@cheshire.pnn.police.uk